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Wed Apr 16 18:02:42 SAST 2014

Toulon coach Laporte blocks Botha's Boks return

Sapa-AP | 11 September, 2012 15:190 Comments
2011 IRB RWC: South Africa v Samoa
Bakkies Botha during the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium
Image by: Steve Haag / Steve Haag Gallo Images

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte says he will not allow Bakkies Botha to play for South Africa against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this weekend as cover for suspended lock Eben Etzebeth.

The 20-year-old Etzebeth was banned for two weeks for head-butting Australia lock Nathan Sharpe in Australia’s come-from-behind win last week.

With Etzebeth ruled out until Sept. 24, South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer had put Botha on standby for Saturday’s match after the 32-year-old veteran lock expressed an interest in playing.

But Laporte was quoted as saying on Tuesday on the website of sports daily L’Equipe that “Bakkies will wear the Toulon jersey on Friday (against Montpellier) and not the South African one on Saturday.” 

Capped 76 times, Botha last played for South Africa at the 2011 World Cup.

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